Apply for Admission 

New students (and returning students who have not been enrolled for the past two years) can use this link to apply for admission or contact Student Services at your college of choice to request an admission packet.     

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges maintains an Open Admission Policy (500.32) that provides access to higher education for those individuals who can benefit from its comprehensive programs. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into all courses or programs of study.  Students may have to meet specific requirements for entry into some programs or complete specified prerequisites prior to enrollment in certain courses.  Admission to the college does not guarantee financial aid. 

Admission Procedures

Students can enroll in single courses or a specific program leading to a degree, certificate, or credential which include:

  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Associate in Science
  • Associate in Science and Arts
  • Certificate programs in a variety of career and technical fields
  • GECC Credential

The Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Science and Arts programs generally lead to transfer to a four-year university and require at least two years of study. Students can begin most major career fields at IECC before transferring. The Associate in General Studies program is designed for students who wish to explore their individual interests and abilities within an academic structure.

The Associate in Applied Science programs at IECC cover a wide range of Career and Technical Education areas and are designed to lead to employment.

Certificate programs in Career and Technical Education areas generally require one year of study or less and can lead to entry level positions with employers.

A student may be admitted to a degree or certificate program at IECC upon meeting one or more of the following conditions:

  • Valid High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • Transfer from a college or university accredited by a regional institutional accreditor. 
  • For high school-aged students, permission of the secondary school's chief officer or formal notification that the connection with the high school has been severed. Students currently enrolled in a secondary school program may be accepted into a college course(s), if such courses are offered during the regular school day established by the secondary school, and prior approval of the chief executive officer of the public school is received.  Parents should be aware that their child may be exposed to mature and/or controversial topics and conversations, not only within some classes, but also within the general college environment.
  • At least seventeen years of age.

To gain admittance, all degree and certificate seeking students need to:

  1. Apply online at or contact Student Services.  It is to the student's advantage to apply for  admission at least 30 days prior to the beginning of any term in order to be scheduled for pre-registration; however,  admissions will be accepted through late registration of any term.

  2. Submit official high school and college transcripts and appropriate course descriptions of all previous college work to the  Admissions Office prior to registration.  Student Services reviews the transcripts and determines validity. 

  3. Submit the results of pre-entrance physical examination or background check required by the student's program of study.

  4. (Optional) Students may submit nationally standardized test scores such as ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, or GED. (Testing must have been completed within the past 3 years.)

After the college processes the admission form for eligibility determination, the student will receive a letter of acceptance.  All correspondence should be directed to the Student Service Office.

It's important to note that non-degree students who may later elect to seek a degree, credential, or certificate (with 16 credit hours or more) MUST meet all regular admission and placement requirements.  There are some certificates of fewer than 16 credit hours which also have course placement requirements.  

Illinois Eastern Community College District No. 529 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, parental status, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, order of protection status, conviction record, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other protected category. For more information on IECC’s Nondiscrimination policy click here.